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Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary Doctor of Ministry Thesis-Project Abstract:  The significant challenge of postmodernity to the modern evangelical church calls for response. The deconstruction of hierarchal structures and the emphasis on diversity, community and mission provide a doorway for furthering partnership and interdependence (mutuality) between men and women. By researching ministries created in the postmodern age that are outside but support the evangelical church, this thesis...
Topics: GCTS, DMin, Thesis, Mutualism Religious aspects, Women clergy, Evangelicalism United States...
Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary Doctor of Ministry Thesis-Project Abstract: This thesis sought to discover the beginnings, organization, development, and growth ofthe Church ofGod ofProphecy in South Carolina, and to identify key people, places, and events that were pivotal in this Pentecostal denomination's significant genealogy. The author used extensive archival research, review of existing literature, and interviews ofeyewitnesses and participants to compile pertinent data. The research...
Topics: GCTS, DMin, Thesis, Church of God of Prophesy South Carolina History, Pentecostalism United States...
Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary Doctor of Ministry Thesis-Project Abstract:  This work is a systemic and analytical study on how the urban church nurtures a Living System Ministry and Mission with survivors of homicide victims. It examines the Church's theology of violence, peace, spirituality, and context, in relationship to survivors of homicide victims as suffering members of God's living systems. Exploring lessons learned from the field of Public Health, it emphasizes the usefulness of...
Topics: GCTS, DMin, Thesis, Urban violence Religious aspects, City churches, City clergy, Homicide...
Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary Doctor of Ministry Thesis-Project Abstract:  This thesis-project determines if pastors can grow in their devotion to prayer as it relates to ministering the Word of God in local congregations. The literature concerning the importance for prayer as well as the literature regarding effective preaching is vast. This study addresses the intersection between of these two disciplines. A workshop was presented to a group of pastors addressing the primacy of prayer...
Topics: GCTS, DMin, Thesis, Prayer Biblical teaching, Preaching Study and teaching, Clergy Prayers and...
Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary Doctor of Ministry Thesis-Project Abstract:  Most twenty-first century Canadian churches are either plateaued or in decline. While church planting is vital, the need for the missional renewal of existing churches represents both a crisis and an opportunity. This project evaluated pastoral leadership in fifteen Canadian congregations in order to identify effective strategies for the missional renewal. This project orbited around two questions. What type of...
Topics: GCTS, DMin, Thesis, Christian leadership Evangelistic work, Church renewal Canada, Alpha courses...
Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary Doctor of Ministry Thesis-Project Abstract:  This paper will look at the role of money in the life of national pastoral leaders serving in a weak economy like Haiti. It attempts to address the following question: How can pastoral leaders manage their resources in order to provide a decent life for their families with dignity, taking into considerations the economic limitations of their country and without entering an unhealthy dependency to a foreign...
Topics: GCTS, DMin, Thesis, Clergy Salaries, etc. Haiti, Financial security Haiti Religious aspects,...
Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary Doctor of Ministry Thesis-Project Abstract:  This thesis-project is designed to present the background, primary tenets, contemporary expression, and evangelical critique of twenty-first century New Atheism. Atheistic concepts such as general worldview, universal origins, morality, and ultimate purpose are explored and then set beside a Biblical framework with special emphasis on Romans 1. Two surveys were administered as part of this thesis project to both...
Topics: GCTS, DMin, Thesis, Atheism Religious aspects
Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary Doctor of Ministry Thesis-Project Abstract:  This study offers a mentoring model for intentionally teaching audience analysis to seminary students during their one-year internship (vicarage) in the Masters of Divinity program at Concordia Seminary, St. Louis, MO. An intern (vicar) was given instruction on incorporating various components of audience analysis into his sermon preparation. Evaluators from the congregation rated how effectively the vicar’s...
Topics: GCTS, DMin, Thesis, Preaching Study and teaching
Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary Doctor of Ministry Thesis-Project Abstract: The current American gender lens, both in the wider culture and in the Christian community, is disproportionately focused on the misconduct of men against women. This thesis-project focuses on blind spots in that gender lens, giving attention to underrecognized objective hardships faced by women and hardships faced by men. Hardships include sex-specific or sex-related physical, medical, educational, occupational,...
Topics: GCTS, DMin, Thesis, Man-woman relationships Religious aspects Christianity, Man-woman relationships...
Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary Doctor of Ministry Thesis-Project Abstract: Preaching from the prophetic genre is largely underrepresented in today’s sermons in our evangelical churches. A premise of this Thesis-Project is that the current lack of easy accessibility to resources combined with the challenges of the prophetic genre, contributes to a dearth of preaching from the Minor Prophets. This project therefore addresses whether an introductory training resource for preaching the Minor...
Topics: GCTS, DMin, Thesis, Bible. Amos Homiletical use, Bible. Amos, Preaching Case method, Preaching
Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary Doctor of Ministry Thesis-Project Abstract:  « Le rôle de l'Église dans la lutte contre la pauvreté en Haïti: une réponse théologique à un phénomène social. » Tel est le titre de ce travail de recherches, de réflexion, et d'exégèse biblique. En fait, c'était en réfléchissant sur Actes 4:34 que je m'étais demandé : comment une Église peut-elle contribuer à la lutte contre la pauvreté en Haïti ? Cette question a servi de fil conducteur...
Topics: GCTS, DMin, Thesis, Poverty Haiti Religious aspects, Poverty Religious aspects Christianity,...
Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary Doctor of Ministry Thesis-Project Abstract:  The purpose of this project is to expand the ministry impact of the Flag Aide as he or she serves to support and improve strategic communications as a conduit between the Chief of Chaplains office and chaplains at the ranks of Lieutenant Junior Grade and Lieutenant. The close proximity to the Chief of Chaplains and the connections made with the senior chaplains of the Chaplain Corps provide the Flag Aide a unique...
Topics: GCTS, DMin, Thesis, United States. Navy Chaplains, United States. Navy, Military chaplains United...
Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary Doctor of Ministry Thesis-Project Abstract:   Martin Luther College (MLC) has committed resources to a robust program of short-term missions for students who are training for gospel ministry in the Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod (WELS). Students have indicated that participation in short-term missions arranged by MLC has positively influenced their attitude toward this training. A case study of one recent short-term mission provided opportunity for...
Topics: GCTS, DMin, Thesis, Missionaries Training of, Short-term missions, Case method Training
Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary Doctor of Ministry Thesis-Project Abstract: Spirituality, spiritual formation and spiritual disciplines are all terms which have become popular both within the Christian church, as well as society in general, but more especially for Millennials and Generation Xers. There are, however, very few resources available to United States Navy Chaplains to attain the Chaplain Corps mission goal of strengthening the spiritual well-being of Sailors and Marines. The...
Topics: GCTS, DMin, Thesis, Spiritual formation Women Chaplains, Armed Forces Chaplains, United States Navy...
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Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary Doctor of Ministry Thesis-Project Abstract:  La présente thèse rentre dans le cadre de l'obtention du grade de docteur en ministère de l'Eglise du Séminaire Théologique Gordon-Conwell. L'idée de cette étude est venue du constat qu'un nombre croissant de couples mariés ne sont pas heureux. Beaucoup d'entre eux éprouvent d'énormes difficultés de fonctionnement et n'arrivent pas à saisir la dimension spirituelle et sociale du mariage. Ils ratent...
Topics: GCTS, DMin, Thesis, Marriage Biblical teaching
이민 한인교회들을 위한 교육과 상담을 통한 노인 목회의 방안 Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary Doctor of Ministry Thesis-Project Abstract:  Immigrant Korean-American Churches across the nation are experiencing a rate of aging that dramatically exceeds the trend in the general population. Senior Adult Ministry as we know it today is a relatively new development in the Korean-American Church. Korean First Generation Immigrants are now more than 65 years old and make up a...
Topics: GCTS, DMin, Thesis, Korean American churches Older people, Church work with older people Immigrants
Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary Doctor of Ministry Thesis-Project Abstract:   Chaplaincies are vital to fulfilling the Great Commission in closed settings. Racetracks are high-security closed settings that are also international crossroads. For these reasons racetracks are prime strategic locations for mission work. The people who are willing to be chaplains at racetracks need some basic guidance to assist them in acclimating to this unique political and social environment. The applicants...
Topics: GCTS, DMin, Thesis, Race Track Chaplaincy of America, Chaplains Racetracks, Horse racing...
Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary Doctor of Ministry Thesis-Project Abstract:  This thesis-project explores several media formats for promoting newly translated Scripture portions in the Kwasio language. The ultimate goal is to see God’s Word integrated into the lives of individual Kwasio speakers and to impact Kwasio society. To this end, the author created six print and audio-video formats of the Prodigal Son parable, which were demonstrated and sold at a variety of locations. The study...
Topics: GCTS, DMin, Thesis, Oral communication Cameroon Religious aspects, Visual communication Cameroon...
Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary Doctor of Ministry Thesis-Project Abstract:  God calls people worldwide to serve in ministry, including in regions where literacy, poverty, and geography limit access to theological education. As a result, their ministries, and those among whom they serve, suffer. It is the church’s duty, for her own good, to find ways to meet these needs. This thesis-project is a case study among the Rama Nation, an indigenous community along the Caribbean coast of...
Topics: GCTS, DMin, Thesis, Clergy Training Nicaragua, Rama Indians Nicaragua, Pastoral theology Study and...
Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary Doctor of Ministry Thesis-Project Abstract:  The First Mount Zion Missionary Baptist Church of Charlotte, NC had recently called a new Senior Pastor. They desired to effectively minister in the community, but were challenged with a very limited budget. Their proposed solution was to leverage the resources of the church through the structure of a Community Development Corporation. To accomplish their goal, they designed and implemented a three-phase process:...
Topics: GCTS, DMin, Thesis, Christian leadership North Carolina, Christian leadership, North Carolina.
Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary Doctor of Ministry Thesis-Project Abstract:  La vérité doit luire comme l'aurore et elle conduira tous ceux qui s'y attachent au sentier de la gloire. Pour être soi-même, il est impérieux que l'on adopte une attitude révérencieuse face à la vérité; ne jamais se dérober à ses regards et prendre position en sa faveur, quoi qu'il en coûte. C'est de cette seule manière que l'on pourra parvenir à apporter sa contribution, quelque modeste elle...
Topics: GCTS, DMin, Thesis, Children Conversion to Christianity, Evangelistic work, Haiti
Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary Doctor of Ministry Thesis-Project Abstract: The purpose of this study was to examine the life and leadership of Matta El- Meskeen, or Matthew the Poor, a Coptic monk and spiritual father who led St. Macarius Monastery in Wadi El-Natrun, Egypt through a period of significant revival. His leadership and scholarship resulted in significant renewal and growth within the Coptic Orthodox Church and the many monastic communities in Egypt. The life of Matta El-...
Topics: GCTS, DMin, Thesis, Mattá al-Miskīn 1919-2006, Assemblies of God, Pentecostalism Assemblies of...
Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary Doctor of Ministry Thesis-Project Abstract: La presente tesis está dirigida a demostrar que los agentes pastorales de la Iglesia de Dios de la Profecía en Puerto Rico pueden aumentar su conocimiento y modificar sus actitudes hacia la muerte a través de la educación, logrando así una preparación más adecuada para predicar en un servicio funeral. Un aspecto importante de esta tesis fue establecer los principios bíblicos teológicos de la muerte y el...
Topics: GCTS, DMin, Thesis, Church of God of Prophecy, Preaching Study and teaching, Church work with the...
Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary Doctor of Ministry Thesis-Project Abstract:  The church in North America has lost its unique and foundational identity as a worshipping community. Worship is seen as something which believers go and do once a week on Sunday mornings rather than the foundation of their identity as a child of God. This project reintroduces the practice of daily worship into the life of the church. The project demonstrates that introducing a church-wide practice of daily...
Topics: GCTS, DMin, Thesis, Bible Devotional use, Bible, Worship, God (Christianity) Worship and love
Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary Doctor of Ministry Thesis-Project Abstract: Many congregations across the United States are currently looking for a solution to deal with the current decline of Millennial involvement in their churches. Could a look at some key characteristics of Millennials lend some clues as to potential solutions in which congregations could more effectively engage this generation so that they re-engage in congregational life but more importantly, become our future...
Topics: GCTS, DMin, Thesis, Christian leadership Religious aspects Youth, Mentoring Religious aspects...
Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary Doctor of Ministry Thesis-Project   Abstract: Examines the problem many preachers face during the advent season. Puts forth a preaching event that will help people worship Jesus more, spend less at Christmas, give meaningful gifts, and love the least of these in the world. Aims to inspire faithful worship that has a social response to resisting the culture of consumerism and blessing others with the tangible love of Jesus.
Topics: GCTS, DMin, Thesis, Preaching
Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary Doctor of Ministry Thesis-Project Abstract:  This thesis examines the life and writings of Lorenzo Dow, an evangelist among the Methodists of the early years of the 19th century. Several characteristics are extracted from his life: his strong sense of being called to preach; his defiance of the leaders of his church; and his commitment to the common citizens of the United States, Canada, Ireland and England. The churches of Methodism in the US and England...
Topics: GCTS, DMin, Thesis, Primitive Methodists
Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary Doctor of Ministry Thesis-Project Abstract:  Once regarded as a sacred institution and a platform of holiness rather than happiness, marriage seems to have lost its sacredness. The institutions of marriage and family are currently undergoing metamorphosis; with the influences of modernism, postmodernism, technology, and socio-cultural revolution, marital and family dynamics are experiencing changes. Although some still adhere strictly to traditional biblical...
Topics: GCTS, DMin, Thesis, Salem Gospel Mission International (Providence, R.I.), Marriage counseling...
Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary Doctor of Ministry Thesis-Project Abstract:  Lorsque,au seuil de la première année du programme d'étude, qu'on appelle Résidence 1 conformément aux exigences du Séminaire,il nous a été requis la formulation en bonne et due forme de notre question de recherchedans le cadre de l'élaboration de notre thèse,le thème Equilibre au Foyer Familial nous est venu à l'esprit quasi automatiquement On eût dit la résultante régulière d'une série de...
Topics: GCTS, DMin, Thesis, Church work with families, Haiti
Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary Doctor of Ministry Thesis-Project Abstract:  A Redemptive Leadership Model has elements that can enhance leadership growth beyond competencies to a redemptive culture that will unleash organizational effectiveness and growth within Africa New Life Ministries in Rwanda. This research will examine how the Redemptive Leadership Model can enhance the preparation of leaders for organizational development and effectiveness. Africa New Life Ministries' leaders are...
Topics: GCTS, DMin, Thesis, Africa New Life Ministries Rwanda, Christian leadership Africa Rwanda,...
Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary Doctor of Ministry Thesis-Project Abstract:  El modelo de ministerio de la iglesia “León de Judá” ha sido de mucho avance dentro de la comunidad de Boston, es una visión que me impresionó y que uso como modelo en esta tesis. Para los ministerios hispanos que buscan envolverse en áreas de educación, de ayuda a los estudiantes para acceder a las becas de alta educación, modelo de consejería, etc. este ministerio es una punta de lanza que vale la...
Topics: GCTS, DMin, Thesis, Church work with immigrants New Jersey, Hispanic American churches New Jersey...
Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary Doctor of Ministry Thesis-Project Abstract:  This thesis-project is intended to design a teaching course syllabus entitled, “Being A Christian Minister” for East Asia School of Theology to be taught at the local Singapore campus as well as the school extension centers in China, India, etc. The thesisproject is written to encourage longevity of service among vocational Christian workers. Its content is to examine key foundational matters like the...
Topics: GCTS, DMin, Thesis, East Asia School of Theology (Singapore), Clergy Job stress, Church officers...
Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary Doctor of Ministry Thesis-Project Abstract: The biblical teaching should serve as the primary basis in defining the role of pastor and church members in doing ministry. It is evident in the Bible that pastor and church members share the load of doing ministry. Observation showed that member’s participation in ministry is just about 20 percent. This thesis-project aims to increase the participation of church members in doing ministry by establishing its...
Topics: GCTS, DMin, Thesis, Christian leadership Biblical teaching, Gifts Spiritual Biblical teaching,...
Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary Doctor of Ministry Thesis-Project   Abstract: In the past twenty years, millions of Chinese have come to embrace Christianity as their main belief. Yet, this amazing phenomenon of people turning to Christ is not happening in every part of China. I have been ministering among the Chinese for 15 years, and in recent years, I discovered that there are more than 250 people groups in which there are no Christians at all. These groups are classified as minorities...
Topics: GCTS, DMin, Thesis, Preaching, Evangelistic work, China
Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary Doctor of Ministry Thesis-Project   Abstract: This project examines if expository preaching in the book of Revelation takes place beyond chapters two and three. A survey was given to students from two of Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary’s Doctor of Ministry tracks with an emphasis in preaching to research this question. Although the survey results indicated a significant number of preachers do preach beyond chapters two and three some chapters are given...
Topics: GCTS, DMin, Thesis, Bible Revelation IV-XXII Criticism interpretation, Preaching, Worship
Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary Doctor of Ministry Thesis-Project Abstract:   United Methodist pastors come into ministry with a fervor for God and love for God’s people. The practice of ministry can be all consuming. Pastors need to be vigilant to maintain a lifestyle that is balanced spiritually, physically, emotionally, and relationally. Developing a Rule of Life that includes classical Wesleyan small group support can assist pastors in remaining faithful to God and to healthy...
Topics: GCTS, DMin, Thesis, Methodist Church Maine, Methodist Church Clergy, Spiritual formation Methodist...
Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary Doctor of Ministry Thesis-Project Abstract:  Although there are many coaching books, literary resources on coaching addressed to those who want to learn to how to coach, very few resources are designed to lead, equip, train and coach experienced coaches. This also applies to church leaders. Without a doubt, in the 21st century, church leaders have to guide and coach current leaders to become future ones. It is their responsibility to equip the body of...
Topics: GCTS, DMin, Thesis, Église Baptiste Evangélique de Terrebonne-Mascouche, Clergy Canada Baptist,...
Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary Doctor of Ministry Thesis-Project Abstract: Using the biblical archetypes of Adam and Cain, who respond to challenges through avoidance or aggression, this thesis-project explores the impact of crucibles as mechanisms for confirming a man’s masculinity while also catalyzing their leadership development. Through the theories of precarious masculinity, male development psychology, and the hero’s quest, a purposeful masculinity is contrasted against Adamic...
Topics: GCTS, DMin, Thesis, Masculinity Religious aspects, Men (Christian theology), Christian men...
Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary Doctor of Ministry Thesis-Project Abstract: Un trabajo de investigación no es posible sin la ayuda de Dios y de personas abnegadas y con el don de servicio; personas que saben dar sin esperar nada a cambio. En primer lugar, me gustaría agradecer y darle TODA gloria a mi amado Dios Todopoderoso por darme las fuerzas, conocimiento, capacidad y oportunidad para emprender este estudio de investigación y perseverar y completarlo satisfactoriamente. Sin sus...
Topics: GCTS, DMin, Thesis, Igelesia de Dios de la Profesía en el Este de El Paso Texas, Child sexual...
Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary Doctor of Ministry Thesis-Project Sumario: Esta tesis se enfoca en conocer las necesidades sentidas de La Estéfana, Urbanización Niza, La Cuesta, Karpinsky y Salitrillos, comunidades situadas en el distrito de San Rafael, cantón de Montes de Oca, en la provincia de San José, capital de Costa Rica. Seguiremos los pasos del Circulo Hermeútico del Dr. Eldin Villafañe para elaborar un análisis socio antropológico y desarrollaremos un acercamiento bíblico...
Topics: GCTS, DMin, Thesis, Church and social problems, Social conditions, Costa Rica
Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary Doctor of Ministry Thesis-Project   Abstract: Statistics show that the average person watches almost 5 hours of television per day – that’s more than 1,700 hours a year. It’s obvious from these statistics that television is doing something right, for people to be tuned in for that amount of time. Communication Principles Preachers Can Learn From Television: Stop Preaching and Start Communicating has nothing to do with television’s content. Instead,...
Topics: GCTS, DMin, Thesis, Television in religion, Preaching, Mass media
Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary Doctor of Ministry Thesis-Project Abstract: Violence is behavior involving physical force intended to hurt, damage, or kill. The crisis in Jos, Plateau State Nigeria has been described as "Ethno-Religious." This study has revealed that the present crises are rooted in the interpretation of perceptions of history. A critical survey of how violence has been handled historically in the life of the church is covered. Whatever position the church takes...
Topics: GCTS, DMin, Thesis, Ethnic conflict Nigeria Religious aspects, Ethnic conflict Religious aspects,...
Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary Doctor of Ministry Thesis-Project Abstract: This project investigates the conflict over the Bible's inspiration within the Advent Christian Church from the 1950s through the early 1960s, setting the debate within the Fundamentalist-Modernist controversies and exploring its influence on the two colleges that trained Advent Christian clergy--Berkshire Christian College (Lenox, Mass) and Aurora University (Ill). The conflict represents a clash between two...
Topics: GCTS, DMin, Thesis, Advent Christian Church Doctrines, Advent Christian Church, Bible Inspiration...
Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary Doctor of Ministry Thesis-Project Abstract:  This thesis will review an understanding of Biblical theological and psychological contributions to an integrated perspective of marriage and family therapy. Human beings are created in the image of God and since God is a relational God, they are created to relate to God and other selves, forming I-Thou bonds. Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT) is one approach that serves as a foundation and developing approach to...
Topics: GCTS, DMin, Thesis, Emotion-focused therapy Religious aspects, Pastoral counseling, Couples therapy...
Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary Doctor of Ministry Thesis-Project Abstract:  The author's goal in completing this thesis-project was to discover an effective means of evangelizing college students who are unabashedly sexually active. Sexual promiscuity has many physical, emotional, and spiritual ramifications, which may affect how today's students hear the Christian message and how those wishing to share the message should tailor their evangelistic efforts. All students who participated in...
Topics: GCTS, DMin, Thesis, Sexual behavior surveys United States College students Attitudes, Church work...
Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary Doctor of Ministry Thesis-Project Abstract:  Il est un fait indéniable que le pasteur a son rôle à jouer dans une politique de santé mentale de chrétiens évangéliques déprimés en Haïti. Notre hypothèse est que le pasteur est le principal responsable qui fait la prise en charge de ses fidèles déprimés en les aidant par tous les moyens appropriés à prendre conscience de leur situation pour mener une vie normale qui édifie les autres et...
Topics: GCTS, DMin, Thesis, Depression Mental Religious aspects, Pastoral counseling, Haiti
Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary Doctor of Ministry Thesis-Project Abstract: The practice of hospitality is at the heart of the Christian faith. Yet, despite its central location in the Bible's life and praxis, it remains in many churches undervalued or outright ignored as a means of Christian discipleship. This dissertation is an exploration of how the ancient biblical prescription and praxis of hospitality forms authentic Christian formation in the local church and in the life of the...
Topics: GCTS, DMin, Thesis, Discipling (Christianity), Hospitality Religious aspects, Hospitality in the...
Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary Doctor of Ministry Thesis-Project Abstract:  Entender la dinámica de trabajar con hispanos desde una óptica multicultural requiere un acercamiento que nos permita aceptar el desafio que esto representa a la pastoral del siglo 21. Hay que entender su historia, su trasfondo social y su cultura. Enfrentamos el dilema de "cómo hemos de atender" a millones de hispanos que ya están y que siguen llegando a Estados Unidos. Su diversidad cultural exige...
Topics: GCTS, DMin, Thesis, Hispanic American churches, Multiculturalism Religious aspects, Massachusetts...
Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary Doctor of Ministry Thesis-Project Abstract:  This thesis-project argues that spiritual practices that integrate beauty and aesthetics are beneficial for spiritual formation in the life of a Protestant evangelical congregation. This study will show the historical precedent for, the theological framework for, and practical examples of integrating beauty and aesthetics into practices related to the spiritual formation of Protestant evangelical congregations....
Topics: GCTS, DMin, Thesis, Aesthetics Religious aspects, Art and religion, Spiritual formation Art,...
Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary Note: A project submitted by a non-degree-seeking student , to the faculty of Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary in the context of the Doctor of Ministry, Global Christianity and Development track in South Hamilton, Massachusetts.  Abstract: SIL International is a large faith-based nonprofit organization founded in 1934. The organization’s vision of holistic transformation through Scripture translation, language development, and an academic approach has...
Topics: GCTS, DMin, Summer Institute of Linguistics, Wycliffe Bible Translators, Organizational change...
Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary Doctor of Ministry Thesis-Project   Abstract: A pastor needs to determine the leadership requirements of his congregation. This is particularly important in the Methodist Church where pastors are assigned to local congregations. Uses the leadership styles of the Blake and Moutom Leadership Grid and the work of Arlin Rothage in order to assess optimal leadership styles.
Topics: GCTS, DMin, Thesis, United Methodist Church Central Pennsylvania Conference, Christian leadership
Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary Doctor of Ministry Thesis-Project   Abstract: Provides a resource to clergy who have to preach at a funeral. Includes a theological framework and a historical look at the development of funeral sermons. Applies Haddon Robinson's approach to expository preaching. Includes 12 sermons by preachers currently serving as active ministers. They were given on various occasions of death.
Topics: GCTS, DMin, Thesis, Funeral sermons, Preaching, Church work with the bereaved
Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary Doctor of Ministry Thesis-Project Abstract:  Sexual misconduct in the pastorate is a problem that continues to plague humankind with its impact not only on the pastor in question, but on an ever-widening circle of people generating a profound negative effect. It can be likened to potholes, appearing seemingly overnight with detrimental effects, but what causes the erosion and is there a way to stay clear? Through biblical understanding, research, and...
Topics: GCTS, DMin, Thesis, Sexual misconduct by clergy Prevention, Clergy Sexual behavior
Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary Doctor of Ministry Thesis-Project Abstract:  In this thesis-project I explore the desirability and benefits for Anglican Christians to form and yearly assess a personal Rule of Life. The last question in the Supplementary Instruction of the Catechism in the Book of Common Prayer 1962 Canada asks, "What is the vocation of a Christian in this world?" The answer involves making a periodic review of the Rule of Life, according to the pattern described...
Topics: GCTS, DMin, Thesis, Christian life, Spiritual life Christianity, Spiritual formation
Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary Doctor of Ministry Thesis-Project Abstract: First, this project begins by suggesting that chaplains have an opportunity to collaborate with clinical mental-health professionals to bring about hope for veterans in a recovery program. The greatest potential advantage of this is that hope may be understood both cognitively and spiritually. The type of hope found in the Bible is founded on a deep understanding of God and considered supernatural in purpose. The...
Topics: GCTS, DMin, Thesis, Military chaplains United States Counseling, Appreciative inquiry Religious...
Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary Doctor of Ministry Thesis-Project Abstract: This thesis-project, The Impact the Prosperity Gospel is Having on the Pentecostal Church in the Greater San Antonio, Texas Area , addresses the problem that the Pentecostal church must face in confronting the prosperity gospel. This gospel of health and wealth is making inroads into the Pentecostal church at an alarming rate. The promoters of the prosperity gospel prey on the poor and disenfranchised in order to...
Topics: GCTS, DMin, Thesis, Wealth Religious aspects Pentacostalism, Pentecostalism Texas, Pentecostalism,...
Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary Doctor of Ministry Thesis-Project Abstract: This project has a distinct purpose of presenting to the readers and researchers that peruse through the content a clear examination of Oral History/Theology as it has impacted and continues to affect the beliefs, practices, and preaching of ministers in the region of Idaho, Oregon, and Utah for the Church of God of Prophecy. From the outset, study and research was devoted to the overall formation of this mindset...
Topics: GCTS, DMin, Thesis, Church of God of Prophecy, Oral tradition Religious aspects Theology, Preaching...
Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary Doctor of Ministry Thesis-Project Abstract: This thesis-project is intended to encourage redemptive leaders to engage in a relational process of leadership development with Generation Z, our youngest generation of emerging leaders, born between 1995 and 2010. Generation Z will be leading the future church, and redemptive leaders need to be aware how to foster their development in a way that promotes awareness of their unique cultural context and their life...
Topics: GCTS, DMin, Thesis, Christian leadership Youth development, Generation Z Religious aspects...
Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary Doctor of Ministry Thesis-Project Abstract: The state of affairs in the black community is gruesome; crime, violence and death have become the norm rather than rare occurrences. To make matters worse, unemployment, hopelessness and despair are the present realities in segments of the black community. As believers, we are called to be salt and light. To address these issues, we will form an organization that will serve as a job creation/community development...
Topics: GCTS, Thesis, DMin, Church work with blacks, Economic development Religious aspects, Inner cities...
Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary Doctor of Ministry Thesis-Project Abstract:  Although seminaries and bible colleges in India have discussed contextualization of Christian worship for the past several decades, the church in India has remained so westernized. With the significant impacts of globalization even the churches in rural areas of India are becoming more westernized. Although there were several attempts for contextualization of Christian worship, it never became a part of the Indian...
Topics: GCTS, DMin, Thesis, Public worship India, Ethnomusicology India, Christianity and culture India...
Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary Doctor of Ministry Thesis-Project Abstract:  The aim of this Doctor of Ministry project is to train bi-vocational ministers in the urban Los Angeles area in basic exegetical skills and incorporate those skills into accurate, clear sermons and lessons. I argue that that by providing training to bi-vocational ministers to do basic biblical exegesis in urban Los Angeles churches, an untapped resource will be empowered to become of significant benefit in many...
Topics: GCTS, DMin, Thesis, Bible Study and teaching Clergy Part-time, Bible, Clergy Part-time City...
Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary Doctor of Ministry Thesis-Project Abstract:  Most Indonesian pastors preach by using deductive model for any kind of biblical genres, including Old Testament narrative genres. This happens because since they became seminary students, they were taught only one model sermon by their homiletics teachers. Despite the deductive approach is powerful enough to be used for preaching the text which has deductive structure such as the epistles, it becomes less...
Topics: GCTS, Thesis, DMin, Narrative preaching, Religious aspects of war, Indonesia Religious aspects,...
Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary Doctor of Ministry Thesis-Project Abstract:  Urban churches are facing a crisis in the development of youth leaders who are trained for holistic ministry to urban youth and families. Existing trainings fail to incorporate the complex nature of the urban family environment. This thesis argues the need for training urban church based youth leaders as facilitators for holistic and systematic ministry to youth and families. The theological foundation explores...
Topics: GCTS, DMin, Thesis, Church work with youth, Church work with families, City churches Youth
Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary Doctor of Ministry Thesis-Project Abstract:  As a therapist, I face no greater challenge in my work than the mental health of a client, and the consequent effects of clients personally, and the ramifications for family and friends of those close with the client. The methodology of research was multi-fold from the identified family that served as a platform for observation to learn, observe, and to evaluate. With the vast availability of bibliographic...
Topics: GCTS, DMin, Thesis, Counseling Religious aspects Family relationships, Caregivers Religious aspects...
Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary Doctor of Ministry Thesis-Project Abstract:  This thesis project examined the staffing patterns and trends of twenty African-American megachurches in the states of North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Florida, Missouri, Kentucky, New York, Illinois, and Pennsylvania. A qualitative descriptive case-study methodology was used in gathering pertinent and valuable information on the twenty African-American megachurches. The use of interviews, questionnaires,...
Topics: GCTS, DMin, Thesis, Christian leadership, African American churches
Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary Doctor of Ministry Thesis-Project Abstract:  This thesis-project is designed to assist worshippers, especially their leaders, in thoughtful, theological reflection about the liturgical life of the congregation. It surveys the biblical understanding of the worship of God and God’s mission in the world, incorporating current liturgical literature relating God’s Story and the human story. It offers a sample worship series to explore and test these insights....
Topics: GCTS, DMin, Thesis, Worship, Liturgics, Church renewal
Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary Doctor of Ministry Thesis-Project   Abstract: The presence of stories throughout the Scriptures indicates that God uses story-telling to communicate truth. Narrative texts represent 40 – 70% of the entire Bible. This is exciting news for preachers, because we live in a culture that values stories – as seen in the number of books, movies, and television shows. Yet, the narrative sermon is not used in the pulpit ministry as frequently, or as skillfully as...
Topics: GCTS, Thesis, DMin, Narrative Preaching
Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary Doctor of Ministry Thesis-Project Abstract: This thesis-project is intended to provide a workplace discipleship program in the technology era for Chinese Christians. Chinese Christians are influenced implicitly by Chinese Culture. This kind of culture impacts their theology of work deeply. There is a gap between their faith and discipleship and how these are expressed in the workplace. Given the rapid change in the technological working environment, moreover,...
Topics: GCTS, DMin, Thesis, Work environment Religious aspects, Chinese Religious aspects, Christian life
Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary Doctor of Ministry Thesis-Project Abstract:  This thesis-project is intended to shed light on the origin and practice of interim ministry with a specific focus on the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.). The concepts of change, transition, and transformation are explored from the perspectives of Old and New Testaments, business models and the current practice of interim ministry with its stages and tasks. The survey which was administered as part of this...
Topics: GCTS, DMin, Thesis, Presbyterian Church in the U.S.A. Clergy, Presbyterian Church in the U.S.A.,...
Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary Doctor of Ministry Thesis-Project Abstract:  Tour of Duty Leadership Network is a coaching, consulting, and collaborative initiative designed to provide coaching and mentorship to the warrior-leader in the church and marketplace, bridging faith and meaningful work, our common point of interest. Whether caring for the warrior individually through intentional personal counseling and coaching or collectively through mastermind groups, the goal is to nurture and...
Topics: GCTS, DMin, Thesis, Veterans Religious Aspects, United States
Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary Doctor of Ministry Thesis-Project Abstract:  This thesis-project studies the impact of Biblical discipleship in transforming a congregation. Many churches are struggling and are seeking revitalization. The key to congregational transformation is not a program, but Biblical discipleship. Jesus started a church by investing his time, energy, and knowledge into others. The Apostle’s carried on their discipleship by discipling others. This is what discipleship...
Topics: GCTS, DMin, Thesis, Christian life, Church renewal, Discipling (Christianity)
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Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary Doctor of Ministry Thesis-Project Abstract: From the beginning of time there was only one way for people to learn about God. God had to have his people go to others and share His story. The journey was not easy. Many wanted to stop them and keep God's message from being shared. In other instances the travel was difficult and rough. No matter what the circumstances of the traveling or circuit ministry, those called continue in what they are doing. As they work...
Topics: GCTS, DMin, Thesis, Methodism Clergy History, Circuit riders, Methodism Clergy, History
Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary Doctor of Ministry Thesis-Project Abstract:  Modern workplaces and economic systems are often oppressive. This thesis looks at the liberating power of Sabbath and discusses its possible applications in modern workplaces. Two motivational principles are derived from the Genesis and Exodus references of the fourth commandment respectively. In turn, the two motivational pricinples give rise to four practical principles as their corollaries. The four practical...
Topics: GCTS, DMin, Thesis, Sabbath Workplace Religious aspects, Work environment Religious aspects
Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary Doctor of Ministry Thesis-Project Abstract:  Soutenue le 4 mars 2016 ,devant la commission d'évaluation composée de Madame Karen E. Mason (PhD.) et de Monsieur Jay Michel St-Fort (DMin.), cette thèse porte sur l'étude des principes de l'enseignement des enfants dans les églises évangéliques en Haïti, via l'école du Dimanche. S'appuyant sur un corpus constitué de cinq chapitres, ladite thèse se propose d'améliorer le système d'enseignements qui...
Topics: GCTS, DMin, Thesis, Christian education of children Study and teaching, Haiti
Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary Doctor of Ministry Thesis-Project Abstract:  This thesis-project examines intimacy with God among overseas evangelical missionaries and suggests that spiritual vitality can be enhanced through the use of reflective Scripture reading, vulnerable relationships and renewed awareness. The thesisproject engages data from multidisciplinary sources and uses the Attachment to God Inventory (AGI) as a primary reference point to quantify change in the test group....
Topics: GCTS, DMin, Thesis, Missionaries Supervision of, Spiritual formation Missionaries